Sunday, March 10, 2013

GROOVY tour of America

 In Social Studies we needed to cover some landmarks, so we spent the whole month of February on an AMERICAN TOUR with a groovy theme.
We traveled by "funky vans" to several points of interest in the US.
Our stops included the Appalachian Mountains, Niagara Falls, Route 66, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park to visit Old Faithful, the sequoia trees in Yosemite National Park, the Grand Canyon and finally home to the Everglades.
Our routine for each stop was...
1) Read a non-fiction book to gather facts.
2) Map It Out!
3) Complete a page in our travel log.
Several of my kids had been to some of our stops and were thrilled to bring in pictures of their family vacations. It helped them contribute neat facts that we had not read about in our books.
We talked about the places we would really like to visit, what we would (and would not) do if we went. Many of them did not want to camp out with the wild animals. But most of them did have very creative ways for how they would like to go over Niagara Falls (including in a barrel).

At the end of the month we combined all of our pages so we would have a
Tour Book of our travels.
I also had them complete a writing assessment to see
what they had learned about our different stops.
 I thought they learned a lot and I know they had a groovy time!
Here are the files for our travel log, cover, and writing sheets in case you want them:)
Safe travels!
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday


  1. I LOVE this idea so much I just pinned it so I wouldn't forget! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Yah! Hope you can use the FREEBIES!

  3. Thanks, Merinda. I would love to use this idea with my class someday. So creative and fun!

  4. This idea is great. I have been looking for something like this for next year. Thanks for sharing


Blogging tips